With this initiative, the fund has brought its participation to a slate of pan-national events celebrating the legacies of Armenian printing and literature, planned to be held across Armenia, Artsakh, and the diaspora through April 23, 2013.
In recent years, the fund has donated books to several dozen community institutions in towns and villages throughout Armenia and Artsakh. These establishments, which the fund has built or renovated with the support of the worldwide Armenian community, include schools, libraries, and cultural centers.
Commenting on the critical importance of promoting educational excellence, Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, said, “The fund’s latest book-donation project is part of our ongoing effort to not only provide schoolchildren with bright and beautiful classrooms, but inspire them with the love and curiosity which the Armenian people has always shown toward learning, culture, and science, and which, along with literary masterpieces, it has transmitted to us throughout its long history of cultural preservation and survival.”
Vardanyan added that in order to lead to genuine progress, the continued physical development of the homeland must be complemented by a concerted effort to foster education and cultural vitality. “Hence our abiding wish to help ensure that books are available to every student in the nation,” Vardanyan said.
The fund’s latest book-donation project has benefited the following schools: in Yerevan, the Stepan Zoryan (No. 56) School, Levon Shant (No. 4) School, Yeghishe Charents (No. 67) School, Hayrapet Hayrapetyan (No. 78) School, Mushegh Galshoyan (No. 148) School, Khrimyan Hayrik (No. 10) School, Vahan Teryan (No. 60) School, Chekhov (No. 55) School, Khachik Dashtents (No. 114) School, No. 45 School, No. 64 School, Nikol Aghbalyan (No. 19) School, Olympus Educational Complex, and Special School (No. 8) for Children with Speech Impediments; the Middle School of Baghramyan; the Gorky School (No. 5) of Echmiadzin; the Vergine Adamyan School of Lanjaghbyur Village, Gegharkunik; the School of Ditavan Village, Tavush; the School of Artsni and Chkalov Villages, Lori; and the Abovyan School of Shushi, Artsakh.